The EPA Gets More Authority, from the Republican Controlled Congress

From Grist, a really cool environmental website which occasionally gets it right:

Congress did something this week that’s practically unheard of. It handed the Environmental Protection Agency broad new powers.

The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping bill that revamps how federal regulators handle chemical safety, after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) lifted a last-minute hold on a vote. Because the House already passed the same reconciled version, the bill is headed to President Obama’s desk, where he is expected sign it into law.

Which means a Republican-controlled Congress managed to do something that no Congress since 1976 had been able to do: Overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act, a flawed, unenforceable law that gave the EPA just 90 days to study whether a new chemical was dangerous. It didn’t even allow the EPA to regulate asbestos-containing products, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in 1989.

I am not a fan of giving extra authority to regulators.  I’m also not a big fan of toxic substances except rum.  On the other hand, depending on who runs them, federal regulatory agencies can be toxic in themselves.


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One Response to The EPA Gets More Authority, from the Republican Controlled Congress

  1. I wish I could believe that this will allow the EPA to do a better job of keeping pollution under control, rather than just to further abuse citizens and businesses in service to the political agenda of the left.


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